Archive for the ‘WNC Clay’ Category

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, to Hold Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale – Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2012

November 13, 2012

UNC Asheville’s art department will hold its annual holiday sale of ceramics, glass and other art objects from 4-7pm, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, and 10am-2pm, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall in Asheville, NC. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative items crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the university’s art department.

For more information, call 828/251-6559.


6th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational in Spruce Pine, NC, is set for Oct. 13-14, 2012

July 5, 2012

The Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational is a weekend sale featuring 30 ceramic artists from Mitchell and Yancey Counties in NC and attracts several thousand people to the region each year. “Visitors enjoy seeing an artist’s studio, but at this special gathering you can meet many more artists in one afternoon than you otherwise are able during a studio tour,” says Toe River Arts Council Executive Director Denise Cook.

One participant most definitely worth meeting is Cynthia Bringle, who is as much a fixture in Western North Carolina’s mountains as the tucked away hollers themselves. “I make work because I love doing it and because of the pleasure I get from people telling me they use my work every day,” says Bringle, a North Carolina Living Treasure. Regarded as one of the most influential artists in her field, Bringle has kept a studio and home in Penland since 1970, where she works on her signature goblets, turtle vases, vessel sinks, platters, mugs, and more. Although her work has been collected around the world, Bringle says she is happiest when it’s found on someone’s kitchen table or in the cabinet, because “most of all, a pot is to use.”

Works by Cynthia Bringle

Western North Carolina is home to several other Living Treasures, including Norm Schulman, an exhibitor at last year’s SPPM. “Meeting your neighbors who have reached this phenomenal status in the world of arts and crafts creates pride for this sense of place,” says Cook. “It also gives young people inspiration and a sense of possibility for creating a living through their life-long passions.” Additional exhibitors at this year’s invitational include Melisa Cadell, Shane Mickey, Liz Summerfield, Tzadi Turrou, Nick Joerling, and more.

Ceramicist Jeannine Marchand is the 2012 SPPM Emerging Artist, selected for her unique framed fold wall pieces made with white earthenware. Once the clay is dry, Marchand finely sands and fires the work, resulting in an uninterrupted surface that lets light travel to create natural areas of brightness and shadow. It’s an uncommon technique in the region, and the effect is breathtaking.

Work by Liz Summerfield

“I have been living in this area on and off since 2000, but I left for two years in 2006 to continue my ceramics graduate studies in Michigan, and again 2010 for a residency in Colorado,” says Marchand. “During that time, I got married, and we decided to make Spruce Pine our permanent home. It’s been a wonderful experience reintegrating into this community as a family and as a local artist.” In addition to wall pieces, Marchand will be showing small-scale sculptures, functional work, and—with any luck—her newborn baby.

Work by Nick Joerling

Check out this year’s much anticipated show, Oct. 13-14, 2012, from 10am-5pm at the historic Cross Street Building in downtown Spruce Pine. Admission is free and light breakfast and lunch options will be available on site. SPPM is an affiliate organization of Toe River Arts Council.

For more information, visit ( or call 828/765-0520.

Making Plans for a Big Weekend – Next Weekend – May 25-27, 2012

May 20, 2012

If you’re like Linda and I, and millions of others – you got stuck working this weekend, but we’re making plans for a big weekend – next weekend. And it is a big Memorial Day weekend. That’s three days for most people – unfortunately for Linda and I – it’s back to work on Monday – the holiday. In reality – we’ll be working a lot that weekend too – as it’s the weekend after deadline for our June issue – drat!

That’s the way it’s been for 24 years since we started doing an arts newspaper. On the weekend of our wedding anniversary and my birthday, we’re stuck working to get another paper finished. It’s hard to work 24 hours a day, although it seems sometimes we try – here’s a few things we hope to do this next weekend.

We hope to have a nice anniversary/birthday dinner, see the Avengers movie, make a trip to Seagrove, NC, to visit with some of our favorite potters, and hopefully celebrate Memorial Day with a few friends. Oh yeah, and get the paper done or almost done. This one may go down to the wire.

Now everyone knows about the Avengers and Memorial Day and one clue on the anniversary/birthday event is that they add up to 94, so let me tell you about what’s going on in Seagrove to draw us there on such a big weekend.

Of course, if you read about a lot of this on Pages 38 and 39 of our May 2012 issue of Carolina Arts, downloadable at (, you’d know what I’m talking about, but for those who haven’t – here’s a few reasons.

First, it’s a trip away from the house, yard, and computer into another state. That’s always a plus and it only takes a few hours to get there. Second, it’s Seagrove – a beautiful area of gently rolling hills that just happens to be one of the Southeast’s major artist colonies – a big plus for Linda who refuses to travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway – a major highway. So forget about driving around two-lane mountain roads. Third, it’s Cousin in Clay weekend, several other kiln openings on Saturday and there’s a new exhibit on view at the NC Pottery Center.

Bulldog Pottery, located at 3306 Hwy. 220, just outside of “downtown” Seagrove will be presenting the works of five talented potters during the annual “Cousins in Clay” event on May 26, 10am-5pm and May 27, 10am-4pm.

Work by Samantha Henneke

Work by Bruce Gholson

Bulldog potters, Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke, joined by their mountain “clay cousin” Michael Kline of Bakersville, NC, are hosting two special guest potters, Ron Meyers, an icon of American ceramics from Athens, GA, and Judith Duff, a full-time studio potter from Brevard, NC.

Work by Judith Duff

Work by Ron Meyers

Live music will fill the air with Chronis Pou Vasiliou (Bruce’s brother-in-law) of Greensboro, NC, playing his enchanting Greek Bouzouki music along with musician Matthew Beasley from Asheville, NC. Music begins at noon and lasts throughout Saturday afternoon with a light buffet.

Work by Michael Kline

Michael Kline will present brushwork demonstrations on Saturday at 2pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm. And Sunday at noon, potters and lovers of pots are all invited for a Potluck Buffet at noon.

Gain insights into the work and activities of Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson at their pottery blog: “Around and About with Bulldog” at ( And take a look at the website ( to learn more about this year’s guest potters.

These kind of events are usually a less than free time for Max the mad wonder dog, but some might see him and get a chance to toss a red ball – once or a hundred times. And, as a bonus you might also get to chat with Ed or Gloria Henneke. A special note to Ed – I will not bring up the Michigan vs. Virginia Tech game, so there is no reason to make excuses to be out of town.

For further information or directions you can call Bulldog pottery at 336/302-3469.

Whynot Pottery, located at 1013 Fork Creek Mill Road, also just outside of “downtown” Seagrove – home and work place of Mark and Meredith Heywood, will be having a Kiln Opening on Saturday, May 26, from 9am-5pm.

I’ve read that this round includes the cider/beer mugs that many folks have been asking for as well as a selection of whimsical tiles from their new venture, Acacia Tile. But, I’m sure they have a good stock of other works they are known for on hand.

Mark and Meredith are really shaking things up this year, so if you haven’t been there in a while – you’re going to see some new items and new looks. I’ll be looking to see if there will be any cookies. They have not been advertised – so don’t expect any, but it doesn’t hurt to hope. We all need hope.

You can check out the Whynot Pottery’s blog at (, call 336/873-9276 or visit (

Why are Bulldog Pottery and Whynot Pottery always a must see for us? Well, besides being blogging buddies, these two potteries have been our gateway and guide to the  Seagrove pottery empire. They represent the “not so old” and “not so new” ends of that pottery community. And, like I’m sure most of the folks in Seagrove are – they’re nice people too. Plus, I hope you’ve noticed the images of the wonderful pottery they produce.

Donna Craven Pottery, located at 2616 Old Cox Road, between Asheboro, NC, and Seagrove is also having a Kiln Opening on Saturday, May 26, from 9am to 5pm.

We have not been to her pottery before, but we’ve seen her work at several of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters events and you’ll find her work in many museum collections. Maybe we’ll make it there this time, but there is always so much to see and do – time has a way of slipping by, but if you’re on the North side of Seagrove – it could be your first stop.


I understand that Craven is firing a new load of pots in her wood kiln for this event. She will have a variety of old and new forms, both large and small, including items for the spring.

For further info or directions call 336/629-8173.

And, of course, who would go to Seagrove looking for pottery without stopping at the North Carolina Pottery Center, located at 233 East Avenue, in the heart of downtown Seagrove. The new exhibit there is, NC Student Ceramics Exhibit 1: High School, which will be on view through July 28, 2012. The NCPC is exhibiting the best of NC high school ceramics. The Center will be open Saturday, 10am-4pm.

If it’s your first trip to Seagrove, I recommend it as a first stop as the Center also offers information on activities, maps and information about the potteries located in the Seagrove area and across the state. They also have a display of representative works from more than 90 area potteries and maps to help to find the potteries.

For further info call the Center at 336/873-8430 or visit (

If you’re the planning type who has to have things all figured out before you arrive somewhere – let me suggest a visit to the Seagrove Area Potters Association’s website at ( You can download a map there and find connections and info about many of the area’s potteries. A lot of them will be open for business this weekend – you don’t have to follow our plans. There’s plenty to go around for everyone.

3rd Annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val Takes Place in Morganton, NC – May 19, 2012

May 10, 2012

The 3rd Annual Joara Pot­tery Fes­ti­val will take place at the Old Armory Building in historic Morganton, NC, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 10am to 4pm, sponsored by the Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion.

This pre­mier pot­tery show will fea­ture 30 hand-picked pot­ters from through­out West­ern North Car­olina. These tal­ented artists are well-known for their dis­tinct pot­tery and rep­re­sent both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional clay styles.

Work by Claudia Dunaway

Participation potters and potteries include: Andrew Stephenson, Banfield Pottery, Caroleen Sanders, Celtic Pottery, Claudia Dunaway, Corine Guseman, Courtney Long, Debbie Little, Donna King, Earthworks Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Fred and Rose Pinkul, Gina King Ellis, Glenn Tanzer, Good Earth Pottery Studio, Hamilton Williams Clayworks, Hog Hill Pottery, Jinsong Kim, Ken Sedberry, Lazy Lizard Pottery, Leicester Valley Clay, Michelle Flowers, Mud Duck Pottery, Out of the Ashes Pottery, Puzzle Creek Pottery, Ron Philbeck Pottery, Rutherford Pottery, Shane Mickey, Turtle Island Pottery, and Tzadi Turrou.

Work by Donna King

Enjoy music, pot­tery demon­stra­tions, and food from the Pie Hole. Admit­tance is $4.00, chil­dren 12 and under FREE. Entrance fees go directly to Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that spon­sors pub­lic involve­ment in Foothills arche­ol­ogy through edu­ca­tion pro­grams, arche­o­log­i­cal sur­veys, and exca­va­tions of Native Amer­i­can and Euro­pean settlements.

Work by Jinsong Kim

The Joara Pot­tery fes­ti­val event is spon­sored by the Explor­ing Joara Foun­da­tion. Through uncov­er­ing hun­dreds of Native Amer­i­can pots and sherds includ­ing 16th cen­tury Blue Span­ish Majolica, the foun­da­tion seeks to pre­serve and pro­mote the region’s rich pot­tery his­tory and tal­ented present day artisans.

The Foun­da­tion also pro­vides con­tin­ued sup­port for the archae­o­log­i­cal research in the upper Catawba and Yad­kin River val­leys, with a pri­mary focus on the inves­ti­ga­tion of sixteenth-century inter­ac­tions between Euro­pean colonists and Native Amer­i­cans in west­ern North Carolina.

The Foun­da­tion takes its name from Joara; the major Native Amer­i­can town in the upper Catawba Val­ley vis­ited by sixteenth-century Span­ish expe­di­tions led by Her­nando de Soto and Juan Pardo. Pardo built Fort San Juan near the town in 1567, cre­at­ing the old­est Euro­pean set­tle­ment in the inte­rior of the United States. Evi­dence of Joara and Fort San Juan has been unearthed at the Berry archae­o­log­i­cal site in north­ern Burke County. Numer­ous exam­ples of Native Amer­i­can and Euro­pean pot­tery and sherds have been uncov­ered at the Berry site, includ­ing Blue Span­ish Majolica, pro­vid­ing key evi­dence of Span­ish activ­ity and crit­i­cal dating.

Evi­dence from the Berry site is chang­ing his­tory text­books and has been cov­ered in National Geo­graphic, Smith­son­ian and Archae­ol­ogy mag­a­zines, and the UNC TV doc­u­men­tary “The First, Lost Colony.”

For further information call 828/439‑2463, e-mail to ( or visit (

2012 Madison County Potter’s Market Takes Place in Marshall, NC – April 28, 2012

April 9, 2012

The 2012 Madison County Potter’s Market takes place on Saturday, Apr. 28, 2012, from 9am-5pm at Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, NC.

Work by Ronan Kyle Peterson

The event will showcase the work of the 10 full time members of the Potters of Madison County and their 10 invited guest potters.

In the last decade, the quiet mountain towns and townships of Madison County have attracted an ever growing community of artists and craftspeople. Madison County’s rich rural and agricultural history and its inhabitants’ collective respect for tradition and craft make a natural setting for the production of handmade functional and sculptural ceramics. The Potters of Madison County was created in order to unite and acknowledge the skilled and diverse group of men and women currently creating work in an area not previously recognized as a stronghold for pottery in its own right.

Work by Alex Matisse

Participating artists include: Jim & Shirl Parmentier, Jules & Tyrone Larson, Tom Clarkson, Kyle Carpenter, Mary Kay Botkins, Barry Rhodes, Jane Peiser, Joy Tanner, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Tom Turner, Mike Ball, Emily Reason, Mary Mikkelsen & Henry Pope, Becca Floyd, Billy Brown, Alex Matisse, Rob Pulleyn, and Josh Copus.

Works by Joy Tanner

For directions and information about exhibiting potters visit (

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Offers Demonstration and Talk by Internationally Renowned Potter Jeffrey Oestreich – Mar. 15, 2012

March 4, 2012

Acclaimed potter Jeffrey Oestreich will demonstrate his work and give an illustrated artist’s talk Thursday, March 15, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

Oestreich will demonstrate clay-forming techniques from 9:30am to noon and 1:30 to 3pm in the Ward Clay Studio, Room 151 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Beginning at 4pm he will deliver an illustrated artist’s talk in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center. A WCU Fine Art Museum Third Thursday wine and appetizer reception for Oestreich will be held at 5pm in the arts center atrium, where a small exhibit of his work will be on display. All events are free and the public is invited.

Potter Jeffrey Oestreich

Oestreich’s geometrically designed functional pottery is primarily salt or soda fired stoneware. A native of Taylors Fall, MN, Oestreich was introduced to ceramics while in college by craft potter Warren MacKenzie. After earning his degree, he apprenticed for two years with British studio potter and teacher Bernard Leach.

“Function is at my core,” Oestreich said of his work. While inspired by the art deco movement and the pottery of Japan and Germany, “All things considered, my approach is American, borrowing from as many sources as speak to me,” he said.

Oestreich has exhibited extensively throughout the country and abroad, and his work is included in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, among others. In 1986 he received a visual arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oestreich’s visit to WCU – his third – is funded by the university’s Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. While on campus, he will work closely with ceramics students, making pottery beside them in the studio, answering questions and discussing their work.

“Jeff is a particular friend of the clay studio,” said Joan Byrd, ceramics professor in the WCU School of Art and Design. “He is a highly creative artist and an exceptional teacher. It is a particular pleasure to welcome him to campus again.”

For more information, contact Joan Byrd at 828/227-3595 or by e-mail at (

Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC, Features Works by Robert Tynes and Megan Wolfe

February 9, 2012

Each February, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC, focuses its gallery exhibit on art from nearby college and university art departments. Beginning with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 3-4pm, the Center will present in the Upper Gallery an exhibit by two members of the UNC-Asheville Art Department faculty, Robert Tynes and Megan Wolfe. The exhibit will continue during regular hours through Feb. 29, 2012.

Tynes, UNCA Professor of Art, is most well known for his contemporary Trompe l’oeil paintings. Translated as “trick of the eye” or “fool the eye,” this technique is employed to paint realistically, using the artist’s skill of perspective, to create the illusion of a three-dimensional work.  In Tynes’ works the paintings appear to have objects attached to the canvas similar to a collage or assemblage, when in reality they are painted so realistically it is difficult to tell the difference. Whether a hard object such as a chair or a branch, or a soft object, such as a piece of fruit or fabric, these articles seem to float in front of an abstract background and off the canvas.

A resident of Black Mountain, Tynes has been a part of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts since its inception. He and his wife, Warren Wilson College art professor Bette Bates, each have served on the Board of Directors, and Tynes has also served as the initial Chair of the Board of the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center in Asheville, NC, and on the board for the Asheville Area Arts Council.  His paintings have been part of BMCA’s Art in Bloom exhibit for each of the past five years. Besides his tenure of more than two decades at UNCA, he has taught at the University of Hawaii, California’s Humboldt State University, and East Carolina University. Tynes graduated from Rhodes College in Tennessee and received an MFA from East Carolina University.

Megan Wolfe, UNCA Associate Professor of Art since 2007, is a ceramist who works in both sculptural and functional areas with clay. An MFA graduate of one of the preeminent ceramics programs in the United States, Alfred University in New York, she also received the University President’s award for Outstanding Graduate Student in the University of South Carolina’s Master of Arts in Teaching. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in graphic design as well. Wolfe teaches all levels of Ceramics, as well as Applied Media. She served as an advisor to the planning committee for the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio.

Work by Megan Wolfe

In addition to her teaching, Wolfe lectures and exhibits at various museums and galleries. In the past few years she has been in shows in Greenville, Anderson, Belton, Clemson, and Pickens, SC, in Miami and Coral Gables, FL, and in Hendersonville and Asheville, NC.  Previously she taught at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC.

For further information call the Center at 828/669-0930 or visit (

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, Features Works by Asheville, NC, Artists

February 2, 2012

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, will present the exhibit, The Artists of Constance Williams Gallery in Asheville, featuring the work of five artists, on view from Feb. 27 through Apr. 13, 2012. A reception will be held on Mar. 2, from 6-8pm. Ten percent of proceeds will benefitting Options, Inc.

Works by Angelique Tassistro

Our Western North Carolina community relationships happen in so many interesting ways. Jenny Mastin’s ceramic sculptures inspired by native cultures, folklore and mythology blend with modern interpretation via her own life experiences. This connecting skill is also reflected in the pulling-together of her studio mates in her Asheville, NC, studio with Mesh Gallery in Morganton, near her home in Burke County, for a new group show. Mastin’s affiliations with folks throughout the entire region have drawn everyone together, including adding in a benefit aspect for Options, Inc.

Jenny Mastin, Constance Williams, Cassie Ryalls, Angelique Tassistro and Greg Vineyard have been creating work in their shared upstairs working studios, and showing together downstairs at Constance Williams Gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District for some time. Their events have included larger group and smaller monthly shows, and they have a harmonious method of displaying work in Constance’s spacious gallery. Visitors experience an environment where they flow from display to display, enjoying the whole space while still being able to also appreciate each artist’s individual style. Visiting gallery directors have also appreciated this concept, selecting everywhere from one to all five artists’ creations for various gallery shows and sales consignments throughout the region and country.

Works by Cassie Ryalls

Works by Constance Williams

So it is a pleasure for the artists to be able to show together at Mesh Gallery, home to yearly shows and events, including one of Mastin’s favorites, The Art of Chocolate, to which the artists have also contributed works for auction in the past. This group show will benefit Options, Inc. with  a donation of 10% of their proceeds from sales. Options is the domestic violence, rape and sexual assault shelter, education and advocacy center in Morganton, Burke County, NC.

The artists at Constance Williams Gallery are: Constance Williams (expressionist encaustic paintings & clay sculpture), Jenny Mastin (clay sculpture), Cassie Ryalls (clay sculpture), Angelique Tassistro (functional, decorated ceramics) and Greg Vineyard (meditative ceramics, inspired illustrations).

Detail of work by Jenny Mastin

MESH Gallery is a progressive showcase for the arts located in downtown Morganton. The gallery features local and regional artists in single and multiple artist exhibitions throughout the year. We are dedicated to exhibiting work by accomplished artists that is on a level that equals galleries in large cities. The gallery also host “preview” shows twice a year for non-profit art auction fundraisers. This allows local amateur and professional artists more exposure for their contributions and has allowed the non-profit organizations to raise more money through longer, more public exposure of their events.

MESH Gallery is supported and housed in the same location as MESH Design Group, a full service advertising agency providing complete print and web development services. Through a symbiotic relationship, both businesses are successfully operating.

Work by Greg Vineyard

Options, Inc. is a small non-profit advocacy center that provides empowerment services and emergency shelter to Burke County families in crisis. We support victims of domestic and sexual violence as they become empowered to make life decisions and break the cycles of abuse and economic dependence. Options was founded as a volunteer agency and began assisting battered women and children in 1978. Initially, Options provided rape and sexual assault advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and court advocacy for victims of violent crime. Options opened the Cliffhaven Shelter for battered women in 1990, and in 2002 expanded to a new facility.

The Constance Williams Gallery, located in Asheville’s River Arts District. Constance Williams has filled her encaustic working studio and light-filled gallery with additional artworks from selected local artists, several of whom work upstairs above the gallery. Constance Williams Gallery also hosts events, workshops and shows in their large, light-filled working studio space.

For further information call Mesh Gallery at 828/437-1957 or visit (

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Feature Works by Alice Ballard and Roger Dalrymple and Offer a Free Workshop

February 2, 2012

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, will present an exhibit of works by ceramic artists Alice Ballard and her husband, Roger Dalrymple, their first joint ceramics exhibition, and lead an all-day ceramics workshop at UNC Asheville.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 6-8pm, on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall on the campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public; gallery hours are 9am-6pm weekdays and the exhibit will continue through Feb. 29, 2012.

Alice Ballard, Royal Empress Tree Pod, Detail from A Walk Remembered, 2011, white earthenware, terra sigillata, c. 3 x 10 x 13 inches.

Ballard received a master’s degree in painting from the University of Michigan before becoming a professional ceramist. She received a Fulbright Grant to study in India, and was one of eight ceramic artists invited to the International Ceramic Colony in Resen, Macedonia. She currently has works in the traveling exhibition, Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is also included in the collections of the Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian Institute, the Tennessee and South Carolina state art collections, the Mint Museum of Art, other museums and private galleries. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts and now teaches at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Roger Dalrymple, Untitled Kiva, No. 4, 2008, red earthenware: slip made with mason stain, clear glaze, c. 11.5 x 14 x 12 inches.

Dalrymple was an architect in Alaska for 30 years before moving to Greenville, SC, with Ballard and taking up ceramic art. His work is influenced by his lifelong exposure to art from many different Native American cultures, and aboriginal peoples from Oceania. Some of his works were recently included in the 5th International Texas Teapot Tournament, a juried competition at 18 Hands Gallery in Houston.

Ballard and Dalrymple will lead an all-day ceramics workshop beginning at 9:30am, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Owen Hall room 143. During the workshop’s lunch break, they will give an artist’s talk at 12:15pm, in the Owen Hall third floor conference room. The workshop and talk are both free and open to the public. The talk is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville Department of Art and the Meet the Maker series.

For more information about the exhibition, ceramics workshop and artist’s talk, please contact the UNC Asheville Department of Art, at 828/251-6559.

Plan Now to Attend the 15th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival in Hickory, NC – Mar. 23 and 24, 2012

January 9, 2012

The 15th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival will take place at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC, on March 23 & 24, 2012.

The Friday Night Preview Party will take place Mar. 23, from 7-10pm. The main Festival takes place on Mar. 24, from 9am-5pm.

Preview Party Tickets: $40.00/person (reserve by March 16); Festival Tickets: $6.00/ Adult; and Children 12 and under $2.00. For ticket information or questions call 828/324-7294.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Catawba Valley Historical Association and the North Carolina Pottery Center.

This year, potter Daniel Johnston will speak on his travel experience and apprenticeship with Thailand potters, and how this knowledge has influenced his works. The lecture will be held at 11am, and is included in the Saturday ticket price. An exhibition of pottery complimenting Johnston’s talk will be on display during the Festival on Saturday. The exhibit is called, Committee’s Choice: Pots from the Festival Organizers.

Also on Saturday, in celebration of the Festival’s 15th year, a verbal appraisal event will be presented by noted auction and appraisal experts, Brunk Auctions out of Asheville, N. C.

For further info visit (